The Black and White

For Whitman Drama alumni, the show goes on

For Whitman Drama alumni, the show goes on

By Jack McGuire

February 21, 2020

Nearly every actor, professional or amateur, will tell you that theatre is a cutthroat environment. Every acting choice is subject to scrutiny, and the competition is fierce. Despite the challenges and the pressure, many Whitman alumni have thrived in the cruel world of professional theater. They’ve...

“Peter and the Starcatcher” to feature original music, audience participation

“Peter and the Starcatcher” to feature original music, audience participation

By Celina Fratzscher

February 19, 2020

Five minutes after the final school bell rings, the cast of the winter play is already anxious for rehearsal to begin. Senior Sammy Strent sits at the piano in the chorus room, tapping his feet and snapping his fingers while performing an original musical number that he wrote for the play; the rest of...

“Good morning, Whitman!”

“Good morning, Whitman!”

By Eva Levy

February 18, 2020

At the sound of the bell, all the students in room A303 burst into the halls. But while senior Lucas Folio’s classmates shuffle to their second period, he takes a detour to the main office.  There, he casually lays down his backpack and begins sorting through a thick pile of pink sheets, weedi...

Seniors make their mark on the diving boards

Seniors make their mark on the diving boards

By Matt Mande and Andrew Eagle

February 12, 2020

Senior Hannah Donner began diving when she was nine for her summer team. Senior Liam Gilbert-Lawrence took a similar path, starting when he was 12, also for his summer team. Since then, both Donner and Gilbert-Lawrence have joined the Whitman Swim & Dive team, racking up hundreds of points for bo...

Magnet programs strive toward more equitable selection process

Magnet programs strive toward more equitable selection process

By Taylor Haber

February 7, 2020

In the summer before the 2018-2019 school year, rising fourth-grader Anika Claussen had to make a choice. She could either stay at Bannockburn Elementary School, where she had been a student for the past three years, or she could transfer to her school’s local magnet program at Chevy Chase Elementary...

Students remember Kobe Bryant’s legacy

Students remember Kobe Bryant’s legacy

By Gabe Schaner

February 5, 2020

Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant died tragically in a helicopter crash that killed eight others Jan. 26. Among those dead was also his 13-year old daughter, Gianna. Throughout his career, Bryant achieved greatness: he was an 18-time NBA All-Star, 5-time NBA Champion, 1997 NBA Dunk Con...

Q&A with Georgetown Men’s Soccer Coach and NCAA Champion Brian Wiese

Q&A with Georgetown Men’s Soccer Coach and NCAA Champion Brian Wiese

By James Marzolf

January 30, 2020

The Georgetown University Men’s Soccer team won the NCAA championship title for the first time in the program’s history Dec. 15, 2019. The Hoyas fought the University of Virginia Cavaliers in a stunning match; regulation time ended with a 3-3 tie, forcing the game into overtime. Freshman midfielder...

Bethesda Row’s newest sweet treat: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Bethesda Row’s newest sweet treat: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

By Lexi Fleck

January 17, 2020

Jeni Britton Bauer was halfway through college at Ohio State University when she realized that she should incorporate her passion for art history into something bigger — she loved learning, but she thought the school environment wasn’t exciting enough for her.  While working at an indoor farmers market in...

Bridging the gap: The challenges of transitioning from an international school

Bridging the gap: The challenges of transitioning from an international school

By Celina Fratzscher

January 16, 2020

Junior Abbie Hall has been moving her whole life. When she was only three months old, her family moved from the U.S. to Sweden for her father’s job. But her Scandanavian adventure proved short-lived; at the age of four, Hall moved back to Bethesda for three years. From there, off to Kathmandu, Nepal ...

“Jeepers Creepers:” Whitman teachers have lots of catchphrases

“Jeepers Creepers:” Whitman teachers have lots of catchphrases

By Ethan Wagner

January 14, 2020

If you walked by a teacher’s classroom, you’d see nothing but the standard — a teacher standing at the front, lecturing from the Promethean board or a teacher grading quizzes. But, inside the classroom, students learn so much more about a teacher’s personality and funny quirks — including ...